Share this article

The US Navy infrared search and track (IRST) system has satisfied all requirements for Milestone B and will enter the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the program.

The IRST, being built by Boeing, is a passive long-wave infrared sensor system that allows long-range detection and tracking of enemies under normal and electronic attack environments.

The system, to be employed on the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, will increase the aircraft survivability and lethality in both offensive and defensive counter-air missions.

F/A-18 and EA-18G programme manager captain Mark Darrah said, “This new capability will give the warfighter an advantage over traditional fire control systems for air-to-air missions in a high-threat environment.”

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData

The new capability is part of the US Navy F/A-18E/F flight plan, to ensure the sustainability of the aircraft to defend existing and emerging threats to 2025 and beyond.

After the engineering and manufacturing development phase, the programme will request a low-rate initial production decision in mid 2014.